Many aspects of life involve a balancing act. There’s maintaining the equilibrium of Ying and Yang energy, finding harmony between serving others and helping yourself, aligning your chakras, and making room for both work and play.
Along with finding harmony between helping others and yourself, the work-life balance prevails as one of the most challenging balancing acts for many people. Without proper unity between work and play, many people find themselves quickly running out of steam and motivation.
Here are some tips and tricks for preventing burnout at work and how to realign the harmony between succeeding in your work life and thriving in your personal.
Recognize Your Burnout Symptoms
Job burnout relates to work-induced stress that leaves you mentally and physically exhausted. It stimulates doubts and disassociation from your identity.
Like with many steps to healing, acknowledging and recognizing burnout allows you to move forward in healing and prevention. There are many ways to identify job burnout. Common symptoms include the following:
- Increased irritability
- Lack of concentration at work
- Irregular sleeping habits
- Lack of motivation
- Headaches and stomachaches
Burnout appears in varying ways for each individual. Knowing your symptoms and your body’s signals allows you to better help yourself.
Ask For Help and Pace Your Workload
Pushing yourself allows you to challenge yourself and continue to grow as you expand your limits. However, there’s a difference between shoving and a gentle push.
Spreading yourself thin, constantly taking workloads that take up most of your mental space and energy, and bearing a lot of responsibility wears you out quickly. It’s okay to lighten your load sometimes and work within your limits. As 2023 flourishes, it’s time to learn some work habits to stop doing this year and switch to healthier alternatives. Ask for help, take time to plan your workload, and listen to your body on whether it’s ready to go the extra mile or challenge itself at a slower pace.
Give Yourself a Break
Breaks are allotted times for rest, rediscovery, and realignment. They allow you to step back and cater to your needs, letting you reflect on your accomplishments and reconnect with your sense of self.
Whether you take regular small breaks throughout your day or make the most of your paid time off, there are many ways to give yourself some much-needed rest and rejuvenation. Popular ways to maximize your breaks include sneaking in a short meditation session, doing yoga, going on a wellness retreat, and practicing mindfulness rituals. If you work from home, revamping your office into a zen workspace gives you the perfect space to encourage you to unwind throughout your workday.
Work comes with many demands, requirements, and pressures, but it can also be highly rewarding and educational. Similarly, your personal life and needs also come with a set of demands. Finding the perfect balance between work and your personal needs with these tips and tricks for preventing burnout at work allows you to thrive in both aspects of your life.